Learning to “Recover and Relax”
How do you overcome nervousness and loss of self-control. Learn to refocus your thoughts and practice deep breathing. What causes this angst when you are trying to lose weight or quit smoking or our ready to deliver a speech or presentation? The “fight or flight” response sympathetic nervous system is the culprit. Most of us experience Fight or Flight Response on a daily basis but few of us know how to stop this response and learn how to refocus and recover.
The technique you need to learn is the “relax and recovery” response of deep breathing. Do you ever feel like you’re not in control of your nerves, fears, or desires—as if you are being “hijacked” by strong emotions or habitual response “hot buttons”? Do old habits of protecting yourself from painful feelings sabotage your presentations, derail interpersonal relationships, and make you feel frustrated, or hold you back from reaching your full performance potential?
Bold new advances in cognitive psychology have determined that our one hundred billion brain cells (or neurons) organize themselves into neural paths that produce our every thought, emotion, word, and action. Based on this research, Neural Path Re-Conditioning and Coaching provides a series of easy-to-understand exercises to help you quite literally change your brain’s reaction to nervousness, fear and frustration that impede high performance behavior.
In this simple process of self-coaching deep breathing process, you’ll learn to:
- Identify and change those neural paths that often control your negative behavior, while strengthening useful or pleasurable ones
- Discover and unleash the power of the “relax-and-release response”
- Build the “mental memory and muscle” needed to take control of your own moods, thoughts, and emotions
- Become more aware of your thoughts and self-talk, with increased mental focus
Stress Relaxation Inventory
HOW WELL CAN YOU RELAX?
Always Sometimes Never Are you able to shut out your worries when you go to bed at night? 3 2 1 Are you able to take a nap during the day and waken refreshed? 3 2 1 Is your clothing well-fitting and comfortable? 3 2 1 Are you able to concentrate on one problem at a time? 3 2 1 Do you plan your day’s activities? 3 2 1 Do you find time to relax and stretch during the day? 3 2 1 Do you take time to relieve held positions required in your work to prevent a feeling of tenseness? 3 2 1 When you feel yourself becoming tense because of sustained positions, do you know how to relax by doing simple movements? 3 2 1 Do you check yourself frequently for habitual tension habits, such as scowling, clenched fists, tight jaws, hunched shoulders, or pursed lips? 3 2 1 Do you find it easy to relax so that you sleep easily and deeply? 3 2 1 Do you know how to release tensions through simple movements so that you can sleep well? 3 2 1 Do you play with such interest that you become completely absorbed in what you are doing? 3 2 1 Do you plan your life to have a change of people, scenery, and thoughts? 3 2 1 TOTAL Ability to relax: 33-42 High 24-32 Average 14-23 Low